House Sitters America

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Platinum (36mths+)
House Sitting Preferences
  • 0 - 1 week, 1 - 2 weeks, 2 - 4 weeks, 1 - 2 months
  • Dog(s), Cat(s), Fish, Bird(s), Rabbit(s)/Guinea Pig(s), Chickens/Ducks/Geese, Farm Animals, Horse(s)
Preferred Locations
  • Anywhere in the United States

Dale and Donna

65, retired - former paralegal

67, retired - former farmer/electronic tech/hotel maintenance

We are a recently retired couple in our mid-60's. Travel is our passion and house sitting seems to satisfy that passion! We are non-smokers, non-users and into clean living. We have both had our covid shots.

We farmed for 25+ years in Minnesota and both worked full time - so we clearly understand the concept of responsibility for a home, animals and being a respectful guest and neighbor.

Donna was a paralegal and Dale was a former electronic technician and also did hotel maintenance for several years. As former farmers, we are able to fix and/or repair most anything and are comfortable with animals, machinery, gardens/plants and yard work. We enjoy either city or country living.

We have lived in Minnesota all of our lives, are fairly well traveled, have worked in seven national parks and enjoy exploring new parts of the country and meeting new people. We adapt well to new areas and change.

We have had several dogs and cats in our past and miss the interaction with pets - they bring so much happiness and joy to the world. We have owned and cared for all types of farm animals, including cattle, chickens, horses and donkeys.

We look forward to questions about our qualifications and your needs. We are open to all areas of the country and prefer (but not required) housesits of less than 10 days. Looking forward to hearing from you!

Reviews (19)
Donna and Dale stayed for a weekend to take care of my cat. They were on time and friendly. When I got back the house was cleaner than I left it! They even cleaned the sheets and the bathroom counter. Frankie (my cat) was happy and healthy.
NATALIE ( Wisconsin, May 2024 - 2 nights)
We loved having Donna and Dale care for our animals and home. We were away for a week and with a newly adopted rescue we really didn’t want our dog to need to leave the house. This was our first housesitting experience and it couldn’t have been more positive. Donna and Dale took great care of our animals and home, they communicated with us regularly and left the house cleaner than when we left. I highly recommend them and hope to have them back in the future.
SHAHAR ( Minnesota, Mar 2024 - 1 week)
Dale & Donna did a superb job of caring for our dog and 2 cats and left our home tidy and ship shape. We recommend them without reservation and would welcome them back again. David and Kerin
DAVID ( South Carolina, Dec 2023 - 5 nights)
Donna and Dale were awesome sitters! Donna was extraordinarily communicative up to and during the sit. Each day they sent me an update and pictures of my pets, which was much appreciated! They were so understanding about my place being in transition, with many boxes around due to an upcoming mood. Further, they left the place cleaner than they found it! I couldn't recommend them more highly and would absolutely welcome them back to sit anytime.
BLAIR ( Minnesota, Apr 2023 - 1 week 1 day)
Dale and Donna were wonderful! Such nice people, obviously animal lovers, and left the house looking great. We very highly recommend them.
BENJAMIN ( Arkansas, Dec 2022 - 4 days)
**dates were actually over Christmas 12/20-12/31/2022 Extremely pleased! Responsive to email and text communication both before and during the housesit. Updated us during their drive and arrived within the prearranged time frame. Attentive to the animals on the day prior to us leaving, read through our lengthy housesitting doc, were attentive with walkthrough of the house and daily routine, and asked thoughtful questions about the care of the animals/house. Had unseasonably cold weather ... MORE
TRACEY MOON (Hixson Tennessee, Dec 2022 - 10 days)
Donna and her husband Dale were exceptional cat and house sitters! They fulfilled all their responsibilities plus more. While we were away, Donna communicated with texts that had just the right amount of information and photos! We returned to a home cleaner than we left it! They also washed the linens and had the sheets back on the bed and nicely made for our return. The kitties were happy and we were happy! We would definitely welcome Donna and Dale back any time!!
WAYNE ( Wisconsin, Sep 2022 - 4 days)
Donna and Dale took excellent care of both our dog and our home. They were great about keeping us up-to-date. Our home was spotless when we returned. They came in the night before and we spent time getting to know each other and showing them the ins and outs of our home and dog. They were a delight getting to know. We felt completely comfortable having them in our home. And, our dog was happy being with both Donna and Dale. We would definitely ask them to housesit again.
CAROLYN ( Florida, Apr 2022 - 1 week)
If I could write every synonym for the word perfect to describe Dale and Donna I would. They were so amazing with both the communication before, during and after their stay. This was our first time using house Sitters and they were literally the best we could have asked for to watch our house and our two dogs that we love so much. If you have the pleasure of having Dale and Donna come to watch your house or pets please do not pass it up. I would recommend them to anyone I know without ... MORE
MATTHEW AND KIM ( Pennsylvania, Nov 2021 - 1 week)
If there was a way I could give Donna & Dale 10 stars I would do it in a heartbeat. They kept in touch and sent an occasional photo, but that was only the tip of the iceberg. When I got home, EVERYTHING was much better than I left it; the house was clean (even my refrigerator), the sheets and towels had been washed, the outside flowers were in gorgeous condition, and (most important) my cats were relaxed and happy. If you are ever lucky enough to have Donna & Dale offer to take care of your ... MORE
JOHN ( Oklahoma, Jun 2021 - 2 weeks)
OMG! Donna and Dale were fabulous! This was our first experience w/Housesitters America. D&D were fantastic in every way. We had good communication immediately and were able to zoom in advance. Once we confirmed, Donna was very helpful in giving us information guidelines for what sitters would like to know. This was very helpful to us in setting up an information/expectation sheet for sitters. After arranging arrival and departures, D&D came in the nite before we were set to leave. We were ... MORE
KARYN ( Colorado, Apr 2021 - 1 week)
Donna and Dale did a wonderful job taking care of our 3 week old chicks, our dog, and our home. They were so very accommodating of our plans which was greatly appreciated! We were able to travel without concern or worry and we were pleased to be able to contact them and receive such quick responses. I would gladly have them back again and highly recommend others to consider them for housesitting and pet sitting.
LUCINDA ( Minnesota, Mar 2021 - 4 days)
This was our first time using a house sitter for the care of our dogs. Donna and Dale made it such a positive experience we would do it again. They were accommodating our schedule. They arrived a couple hours before we left.. The dogs quickly warmed up to both of them making us much more comfortable leaving. Donna was great in replying to emails in a timely fashion and keeping us updated on the dogs during our time away. The house was almost cleaner than when we left.
KATIE ( Wisconsin, Feb 2021 - 1 week 1 day)
Thanks to the perseverance, flexibility and communication of Donna and Dale this confirmed December sit was able to be done in March as we kept in touch around Covid 19 restrictions. They cared for my home and my cats for 10 days. I knew they would do a great job caring for my 2 cats with medical issues when my Diva cat quickly found Dale's lap as a welcoming place to be! Their experiences with animals from farm life was exceeded by their professional approach to managing all aspects of care ... MORE
KATHLEEN ( North Carolina, Dec 2020 - 10 days)
No rating They were great house sitters. Took great care of our animals and left the house in great condition. Would gladly host them again.
ERIC ( Texas, Feb 2020)
No rating Donna and Dale were some of the best cat sitters! They did a great job keeping me up to date about their travel plans, without being too bothersome. When they arrived, they quickly learned all there was to know about taking care of my cat, and upon my return everything was spotless and my cat was very happy. I would highly recommend Donna and Dale as a house sitter to anyone!
KIMBERLY ( District of Columbia, Nov 2019)
No rating We were really appreciative of Donna and Dale for taking such good care of our house and cats. They drove in the night before we left and we were able to have dinner with them and get to know them. They are really nice people, and we had no hesitation leaving our cats in their care. When we returned our house was tidy and the cats were happy. Who could ask for more? I would definitely recommend them to anyone else looking for quality people to house sit for them.
SARAH ( Illinois, Oct 2019)
No rating Donna and Dale comfortably settled into the routine of caring for the 4 cats, 1 dog, plants, yard and house for 2 weeks. They are incredible; the plants thrived, the yard was mowed, the garage door fixed, the house clean and organized, and most importantly, the critters were well taken care of and happy. They were as sorry to see Donna and Dale leave as I was. These are folks with an incredible amount of common sense to take care of anything that might come up and a tremendous respect for ... MORE
PAT ( Montana, Apr 2019 - 2 weeks 6 days)
No rating Donna and Dale provided excellent house sitting services. We provided detailed instructions for caring for our animals and our home and outdoor areas, which includes a pond and fish. They followed our instructions exactly. They cared for our four cats, one of them needing a daily pill. We live on an acreage and have large areas that needed to be watered and they kept them all watered well. Our home was kept clean and neat. We would highly recommend them and would have them back to house ... MORE
DORIE & DAVID ( Nebraska, May 2018 - 4 weeks)
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